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UPDATE: Romney beats Santorum by 8 votes

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The chairman of the Iowa Republican party says former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won the Iowa caucuses by eight votes.

Chairman Matt Strawn made the announcement of the razor-thin margin from Des Moines.

Romney narrowly edged out former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Strawn says Romney got 30,015 votes and Santorum received 30,007 votes. That is a margin of eight votes.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have been waging a seesaw battle in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses.

Returns from most of the state's precincts show Santorum ahead but the margin of separation is razor thin.

Until recently, Santorum had trailed in the polls. An entrance poll showed the former Pennsylvania senator, has solid backing from tea party supporters, religious voters and other conservatives.

The same survey showed Romney has strong support among Republicans who hope to see the GOP win the White House.

Ron Paul is running third. Newt Gingrich is headed for a fourth-place finish, trailed by Rick Perry.

Michele Bachmann is far behind.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are running neck and neck in the Iowa caucuses, and Texas congressman Ron Paul has fallen too far behind to catch either of them.

With all but about 10 percent of the votes counted, Romney and Santorum are separated from each other by less than 100 votes.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is winning strong support from Iowa Republicans seeking a candidate who can topple President Barack Obama in November.

That's according to an entrance poll of GOP voters attending the Iowa caucuses.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is countering with solid backing from tea party supporters, religious voters and other conservatives.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul is scoring highly with young voters, independents and people concerned about huge federal budget deficits.

The divisions help explain a night in which Romney, Santorum and Paul are running neck-and-neck -- and ahead of their three other competitors -- in the year's first votes to be cast.

The survey was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research as voters arrived at 40 randomly selected caucus sites in Iowa. The survey involved interviews with 1,737 caucus-goers and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Texas congressman Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are waging a tense, three-way struggle for supremacy in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses.

Returns from nearly one-third of the state's 1,774 precincts show the three men bunched together, separated by only a few dozen votes and jockeying back and forth for first place. It's a fitting conclusion for a race that's been as jumbled as any since Iowa gained the lead-off position in presidential campaigns four decades ago.

The winner is in line for bragging rights -- and perhaps much more -- as the GOP nominating campaign makes the turn to primaries in New Hampshire on January 10, then South Carolina and Florida before the end of January.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann is in Des Moines and will have a live report tonight on 27 News at 10.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (WKOW) -- Many Iowa Republican voters still haven't settled on a favorite, just hours before the state's caucuses begin. More than a-third of them say they could change their minds.

How many people turn out to vote Tuesday night will help drive the results. In 2008, more than 120,000 Republicans showed up. That's a record.

Weather could be a factor in this year's attendance. Iowa hasn't had much snow this winter, and there were clear but cold forecasts across the state.

 

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